Sunday, April 03, 2016

The Waterfall at Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (漓江大瀑布饭店) in Guilin City [China]

The night was supposed to be free and easy but the tour guide asked if we were interested to check out one of the few five-star hotels in Guilin; Lijiang Waterfall Hotel. With dad who wasn't extremely keen in walking up and down the Zhengyang Pedestrian Street again and this trip was really all for him, i figured we might as well take up the offer! 

As you can see, there's nothing outstanding from the facade of the decades-old hotel but the guide said we were too early and had to wait for about ten minutes before the show began. 

Showtime at 8.30pm; when you see water slowly trickling down from the top of the hotel. At this time juncture, many people had started crowding the parade square although most appeared to be tourists; for the local Guilin residents, i bet they have had enough of the daily show! 

Water flow intensified as the minute ticked by even though it definitely couldn't replicate an actual waterfall with its modern, concrete backing; the man-made one in Jurong Bird Park was better.

Best photo taken so far - a bit of information on the fake waterfall; it was 45 meters high with a width varying from 72 to 75 meters. Watching the waterfall show was also said to be one of the must-dos in Guilin.

The most memorable part of the "show" wasn't on the waterfall; a group of us (men mostly) had our eyes glued on the above phone screen.

Entry of the drone which impressed us on three things; the power to fly super near to the waterfall, the ability to take clear and steady video / pictures and hell i can see the HD video on a phone with no connectivity lapse! One of my tour mates almost lugged one back to Singapore! 

Coming back - the show lasted about 10 minutes. Joke of that evening was that hotel guests paid so much for the room in the hotel yet when the show started, they might have mistaken it for routine window cleaning. 

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Do check out the posting for the summarised itinerary of Chan Brother's tour package (guaranteed no shopping stops) to Guilin; it would give you a better overview of my trip. :) 

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